Picture this: You head out the door with your makeup looking on point, thinking that it won’t budge. But by the end of day, you find out that it has. Don’t you just hate that? Whether it’s your eye makeup creasing or most of your foundation melting off, it’s not something you want happening – especially if you’re going to a special event. That’s where primers come into play.
Yes, everybody needs it.
A primer is the first step to flawless makeup application. Adding one to your routine creates a smoother base and keeps your makeup looking fresh for a longer time. Applying a primer is simple; it goes on after moisturizer and before foundation. Primers have lightweight and silky smooth formulas which make them a breeze to apply – a pea-sized amount is enough to cover the entire face.
What else can a primer do? Primers weren’t created for just one purpose. Not only does using a primer extend the longevity of your makeup but it also minimizes the appearance of pores, blurs blemishes, controls excess sebum and evens out your complexion.
There’s such a thing as a perfect match. While you won’t find one-primer-that-fits-all, there is a primer for everyone. Before choosing one, it’s important to understand your skin type. Below are primers recommended for different skin types that will help achieve long-lasting and flawless-looking makeup.
For Oily Skin
If you struggle with shine, use a primer that helps control sebum and mattifies your skin. Focus on applying primer on areas like your T-zone and chin which tend to look greasy at the end of the day.
For Acne-Prone Skin
Even though primers can’t magically hide blemishes 100%, you can still use one that has blurring abilities. Slather primer over acne scars, large pores and other imperfections to help conceal and make them look less noticeable. If you happen to have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin, I suggest trying CLIO’s Pre-Step Egg Pore Primer which covers up enlarged pores, gives a matte finish, and soothes sensitive skin with its tea tree extract.
For Dry and Dull Skin
If there’s one thing dry and dull skin types need, it’s radiance – and lots of it! Opt for a primer that’s packed with illuminating, hydrating and light-reflecting formulas that leave you with brighter skin. Adding a primer, especially for dry skin, prevents your foundation from flaking and settling into dry patches. Pink-tinted primers are also perfect for dull skin and help bring back the healthy glow that your skin’s missing.
For Uneven Complexions
For those who have issues with redness or discoloration, all you need is a color-correcting primer. This type of primer comes in various tints so look for one that caters to your skin’s concerns and targets the areas you want to correct.
– Purple-hued: neutralizes yellow undertones
– Green-hued: tones down redness and can be used if you have acne or rosacea
– Yellow-hued: warms up your complexion and gives tired skin a boost
– Pink-hued: adds radiance back to dull or tired skin
Aside from face primers, there are primers especially made to prolong the wear of your eye shadow, lipstick and mascara.
If you’re going for full eye makeup, applying eye primer on your eyelids prevents any creasing and fading. It makes a huge difference, and nobody wants a smudged cat-eye look! Eye primers are particularly beneficial for those with greasy eyelids as they absorb all the excess oil, and help to bring out an even more vibrant pigment when applying eye shadow! Try Etude House’s Proof 10 Eye Primer which provides the perfect base for eye shadow that won’t budge.
Don’t forget about your eyelashes! Add a coat of mascara primer or base like Oh My Lash Mascara from Etude House, which sets a smooth canvas for your mascara. And lastly, say goodbye to smudged lipstick and hello to long-lasting lipstick thanks to lip primers.
Ready to shop for some primers? I’ll leave you to it.